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SVA MFA Computer Art Open Studios, NYC, April 26-28, 2012

SVA MFA Computer Art Open Studios, NYC, April 26-28, 2012 | arslog | Scoop.it

"School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents the MFA Computer Art Open Studios 2012, bringing together multidisciplinary projects from our graduating students. The event will be open to the public on April 26 through April 28 at the MFA Computer Art Studio, 133-141 West 21st Street, between 6th and 7th Aves., 12th floor, New York City.

The creative work encompasses a wide range of media including video, animation, audio, interactive installations and physical computing. “As digital art evolves, the line between it and contemporary art is disappearing. We see it simply as art, using digital techniques to enable creativity.” states department chair Bruce Wands..."

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Book Review :: Olga Goriunova - Art Platforms and Cultural Production on the Internet

Book Review :: Olga Goriunova - Art Platforms and Cultural Production on the Internet | arslog | Scoop.it

"Being a co-organizer of four editions of the mythical read.me software art festivals (each of which was documented in a reader she co-edited) Olga Goriunova is an author who has spent a lot of research time delving into concepts of software in art and society. For many years she also co-curated the online software art repository runme.org, which collected digital artworks dealing with the conventions, grammar, dialects, attitudes and enormous potential of software. Her main interest became defining and elaborating the concept of 'art platform', which she has spoken of simply as 'a network platform that produces art.' In this book..."

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The Diacritics of Glitchr

The Diacritics of Glitchr | arslog | Scoop.it

"Diacritics are accent marks used to indicate the type of pronunciation a certain word infers. Diacritics are used in Latin script, but are also specific to other alphabetic systems such as the vowel pointing scripts of the Arabic harakat. In Laimonas Zakas’ project, Glitchr, a facebook page is dedicated to glitchily deforming the posting interfaces of Facebook. Diacritical marks are emptied from their primary communicative signifiers and repurposed as formalized, aestheticized objects; accomplices in the jailbreaking of Facebook page hegemony. Rather then its users shaping and determining its network, Facebook is known—amongst other things—for creating quite the opposite for users: a loss of control, of malleability and the continued reiteration of a standardized user conduct. Glitchr then..." - Louis Doulas

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N1ON Predicts The Ways Digital Skins Will Envelop Our World

N1ON Predicts The Ways Digital Skins Will Envelop Our World | arslog | Scoop.it

"Sure, projection mapping on your face is one thing, but as options like tattooed notification systems actually become possible, how much is too much? How far would you go down the cyborgian rabbit hole of modifying your body with technology? One example of how “digital skins” will become integrated into our word is in N1ON’s upcoming film True Skin.
Set in Bangkok, the teaser suggests the blasé integration of futuristic technologies like revolving 3D news stations for the home (pretty likely), robotic bugs (could they be worse than bed bugs?), GIF magazine covers (yes, PLEASE), glowing eyeballs and cyborg hands..." - Kathleen Flood

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Bart Hess’ STRP mutants

Bart Hess’ STRP mutants | arslog | Scoop.it

"The STRP mutants were designed by Bart Hess together with Heyheyhey for the 2011 STRP Art & Technology Festival campaign. The mutants evolved around the idea of transformation. They visualize movement and the ever changing boundaries between the different disciplines: art, music and technology. STRP Festival is one of the largest indoor art & technology festivals in Europe, that fuses music art and technology. The multidisicplinary program is a mix of a 360- degree experience with adventure which appeal to a wide audience. At STRP there are projects of young game designers next to major works from the international art circuit and experimental live cinema next to succesfol pop artists and DJs..." - Amir

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The Avant/Garde Diaries

The Avant/Garde Diaries | arslog | Scoop.it

"The Avant/Garde Diariesis a digital portrait magazine that invites leading creatives to talk about the cutting edge of art, design, fashion, music and film.In each digital portrait, featured diarists are asked to introduce someone or something they consider to be ahead of their time. The result is a collection of very personal snapshots that celebrate new ways of thinking and spread inspiration. Be sure to check out the complete video portrait library at theavantgardediaries.com.

On March 29th The Avant/Garde Diaries will host a festival-night full of music, art and performances at H.C. Andersen Slottet (Tivoli) in Copenhagen. Curated by painter Andreas Emenius, the event revolves around the motto “movement” in interdisciplinary installations, concerts and discussions. As main protagonist Emenius selected New York based composer and musician Mikkel Hess who will give insight in his definition of “movement”. Further participants of the festival include Anders Trentemøller, Jenny Wilson, Lonely Boy Choir, Alessandro Pereira, Stina Mårtensson and The Horse Ensemble."

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Where to see new media art works in London this week

Where to see new media art works in London this week | arslog | Scoop.it

"It might appear that London doesn't spare much thought for art & technology. The capital doesn't host any institution specifically dedicated to art & technology, like FACT in Liverpool. Nor does it have a media art festival with an international reputation such as FutureEverything in Manchester, or the AV Festival in the North East of England.

But look closer, and you'll realize that there's no reason to despair: Furtherfield has recently moved to Finsbury Park and has inaugurated its programme of exhibitions with Being Social (i should come back to it soon-ish), Arts Catalyst does a remarkable job of facilitating the meeting of artists and scientists. Speaking of which, you should check out Hexen 2.0 at the Science Museum.

But the best thing about London is that this week you can get your art & tech fix in several galleries. They don't label themselves nor their artists as 'new media' and that's nothing i'm going to complain about.

So here's a handful of exhibitions i saw last week:..." - Regine

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Is the Universe a Computer? New Evidence Emerges.

"I haven’t posted in a while, but this is blog-worthy material. I’ve recently become familiar with the thinking of University of Maryland physicist, James Gates Jr. Dr. Gates is working on a branch of physics called supersymmetry. In the process of his work he’s discovered the presence of what appear to resemble a form of computer code, called error correcting codes, embedded within, or resulting from, the equations of supersymmetry that describe fundamental particles..." - Nova Spivack

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TIME Magazine names Iris van Herpen’s 3D printed dress one of the 50 Best Inventions of the 2011

TIME Magazine names Iris van Herpen’s 3D printed dress one of the 50 Best Inventions of the 2011 | arslog | Scoop.it

"92 CENTIMETERS | Combining design with technology, Dutch couturier Iris Van Herpen’s fantastical dresses are initially planned in Photoshop. She then works with an architect to develop a 3-D model, which is printed onto a polymer over the course of a week, resulting in a ready-to-wear dress that is an exact replica of the original sketched version. Van Herpen — who recently designed the dress Bjrk wears on the cover of her new album, Biophilia — presented her printed dresses during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week this January"


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John Newman at Tibor de Nagy Gallery

John Newman at Tibor de Nagy Gallery | arslog | Scoop.it

"Oceanographers constantly remind us that 90 percent of the ocean remains unexplored, especially the deepest sections in which the most exotic marine life prospers at pressures which would crush a human in a millisecond.

If such a place produced seashells they would definitely resemble John Newman's dazzling tabletop sculptures, just opened at Tibor de Nagy Gallery on Fifth Avenue, which suggest, if you put your ear to them and recite one of Newman's trippy titles, such as Yellow Lightly over Morning Stars, you might hear the music of the spheres. With so much abstract art today drifting into preciousness, it falls to the veteran artist Newman to produce an equation in which hand-sized balance equals brilliant color. Yellow Lightly, for example, proffers its bright yellow buds off the anchor of two prickly brown balls..." - Charlie Finch

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Kickstart Horto Domi, an Arduino-controlled Garden

Kickstart Horto Domi, an Arduino-controlled Garden | arslog | Scoop.it

"We've seen Arduino applied in a lot of inventive ways in recent years like robotics, lighting, games and now gardening. Horto domi, a new Kickstarter Project, uses Arduino Ethernet to control the temperature of an enclosed, raised-bed garden so that no matter how cold it gets outside, you can grow anything you want all year round.

If you've ever had a mealy, Winter tomato you might be rolling your eyes, but the makers behind Horto domi call the produce it grows "beyond-organic" because it's designed to "maximize the mineral and nutrient value...and minimize environmental contamination risks." The system uses sensors to collect moisture and temperature data both inside and outside the dome, and then adjusts the interior conditions accordingly..." - Perrin Drumm

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Rhizome Commissions Deadline April 15

Rhizome Commissions Deadline April 15 | arslog | Scoop.it

"The deadline is fast approaching for Rhizome's 2012 Commissions cycle! Each year, this program supports emerging artists by providing grants for the creation of significant works of new media art. Projects can be made for the context of the gallery, the public, the web or networked devices. Rhizome Commissions awards generally range from $1,000 to $5,000. Deadline is Sunday, April 15th. Be sure to read over the eligibility, policy and procedures before you begin the application process.

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The Rhizome Commissions program is supported, in part, by funds from Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, Wieden + Kennedy, the Jerome Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by generous individuals and Rhizome members."

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Video Vortex #8: The Politics, Cultures and Art of Online Video, May 2012, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb

Video Vortex #8: The Politics, Cultures and Art of Online Video, May 2012, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb | arslog | Scoop.it

"Video Vortex has taken place twice in Brussels and Amsterdam and once in Ankara, Split and Yogyakarta. The Video Vortex network was founded in in 2007 and deals with the cultural, political and artistics aspects of online video. Video Vortex 8 is organized by the Kazimir Association in Split and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb in collaboration with the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam.

The moving image and the Internet are still defining the parameters of their mutual relationship. The conference will focus on issues concerning changes in contemporary art and cinema as well as broader cultural, social and technological issues.

Video Vortex 8 will consist of a conference, an exhibition, screenings and performances. This call pertains to the conference. Artists who will present work at the conference will also be included in the accompanying exhibition..." - Jo-Anne Green

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Faena Group announces the 2012 Faena Prize for the Arts: Call for entries

Faena Group announces the 2012 Faena Prize for the Arts: Call for entries | arslog | Scoop.it

"As part of its ongoing commitment to culture, the Faena Group is proud to announce the 2012 Faena Prize for the Arts in order to promote artistic experimentation, foster the connections between the expressions of different artistic disciplines and explore all of the possible combinations of art, technology and design to push the borders of art.

The competition is open to artists across the world and will award a grant of 25,000 USD to the winner as well as up to 50,000 USD to finance the production of a site-specific project that will be exhibited at the Faena Arts Center in Buenos Aires in mid-2013. In addition, two special mentions will go to two other projects with a prize amount of 500 USD each.

The prize winner will be selected by an international jury that includes US curator Carlos Basualdo, François Pinault Foundation’s Caroline Bourgeois and Argentinean curator Inés Katzenstein, under the supervision of Ximena Caminos, Executive Director of the Faena Arts Center..."

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Call :: Somatics & Technology Conference, June 22-23, 2012, University of Chichester, UK

Call :: Somatics & Technology Conference, June 22-23, 2012, University of Chichester, UK | arslog | Scoop.it

"The first conference of its kind in the UK to disseminate a spectrum of digital arts linked with the Somatic, this event will integrate advanced critical and theoretical perspectives. Through keynote presentations, papers, roundtable discussions led by keynote speakers, a series of workshops and an art exhibit, the conference offers the opportunity for both practical and theoretical understanding of its theme..." - Jo-Anne Green

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Artists And Engineers Create The Future Of Art And Technology

Artists And Engineers Create The Future Of Art And Technology | arslog | Scoop.it

"Intel engineers teamed up with Social Print Studio to create this interactive, real-time Instagram installation called #Creators Live, which debuted at our Creators Project: San Francisco event at Fort Mason.

 

As we keep seeing time and time again, some of the greatest innovations happen when ideas and ideologies collide, and that’s a big part of what makes the intersection of art and technology so exciting to us. Many of our Creators are technologists in their own right, building new tools or appropriating existing tools for creative expression. But some of the greatest unsung creative masterminds of our time are the researchers working in the world’s tech labs, dreaming up visions of the future, designing the way we’ll interact with information, people, computers and the world around us. What happens when you bring these types of visionaries together?..." - Julia Kaganskiy

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Review: Hannah Weinberger's music and sound works at Kunsthalle Basel

Review: Hannah Weinberger's music and sound works at Kunsthalle Basel | arslog | Scoop.it

"Press Release: Kunsthalle Basel is delighted to present the first solo exhibition of Swiss artist Hannah Weinberger.

An essential mode of Weinberger’s artistic practice and production to date has been that of collaboration and participation. Her music and sound works were often included in exhibitions as live performances that took place during opening nights or special events. Thus, her pieces added another dimension to other artists’ works, and were occasionally also co-performed or co-produced by them. Each of Weinberger’s works engaged with a particular exhibition space and was the outcome of a collective endeavour. Weinberger employs different genres and transgresses the limits of youth subcultures that identify each with one particular genre and the corresponding look and lifestyle. The artist’s open-ended way of working challenges the role hierarchical processes play in contemporary art, and shifts the focus to the importance and presence of collective creativity in our time.

As a representative of the generation that has unlimited access to information and media, Weinberger situates her work in the production sector of music and sound performance. The availability of affordable technology puts the production – and instantaneous distribution – of high-quality music or film within everyone’s reach. Consequently,..."

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Tomás Saraceno’s Amazing Web Installation

Tomás Saraceno’s Amazing Web Installation | arslog | Scoop.it

"Tomás Saraceno takes the spider’s web as a starting point in Galaxies Forming Along Filaments, Like Droplets Along the Strands of a Spider . Investigating how the gossamer thin filaments of these intricate webs are able to suspend life by way of intricate geometry, Saraceno suggests at a conceptual architectural proposal that relies on this most delicate and prehistoric system of life to take us into our future. Of particular interest is the application of this phenomenon throughout the history of time. A keystone to Saraceno’s fascination with these web constructions was the recent discovery that..." - Amir

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Art.sy, the new massive, online arts database

Art.sy, the new massive, online arts database | arslog | Scoop.it

"One of the topics that was brought up at a panel discussion I attended earlier this week was about the problems of publishing catalogue raisonnes. If the catalogue is a of living artist, it becomes outdated the moment that artist creates new work. And even for artists like Picasso, every time one of his works changes hands the catalogue has to be updated. It's a publishing nightmare. Now Art.sy, a new online platform, could make those heavy and constantly out of date printed catalogue raisonnes a thing of the past. Art.sy is still in its beta phase, but I recently got the chance to explore its massive resources. It's powered by the Arts Genome Project, an open source platform that tracks and catalogues every artist, arts organization and every performance, exhibition and event in real time (i.e. no more trips to the printer). Art.sy expands on the concept by making all that information searchable across more than 800 "genes—such as art-historical movements, subject matter and formal qualities..." - Perrin Drumm

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ArtBase Update: six works by Takeshi Murata and more...

ArtBase Update: six works by Takeshi Murata and more... | arslog | Scoop.it

"Here at Rhizome HQ we have been quietly working away from within the depths of the ArtBase. I'm pleased to announce that we have recently archived six works by Takeshi Murata, spanning from his early hand drawn animations, through his pioneering datamosh works, the 3D animation that was included in Free, to his recent body of work that debuted at Ratio 3 gallery last April. The excerpts of his work now available in the ArtBase are in most cases the only high quality (read: not bootlegged) examples available freely online..." - Ben Fino-Radin

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A.N.D., Interview Levin-Lieberman, 'The Art of Coding, The Coding of Art'

A.N.D., Interview Levin-Lieberman, 'The Art of Coding, The Coding of Art' | arslog | Scoop.it

"We are beyond defining what those involved in either art or coding fields do, as they have meshed, and rather magically so. The work of Golan Levin and Zach Lieberman, whether individually or collaboratively, reminds us that process is public. Experiences can be created where the visitor adapts and in turn learns how inventions and interactions come to life. These two minds expand the fields of art and coding by enriching them with consistently innovative and playful processes. Here, A.N.D brings you their thinking, their sharing, and their actions..."

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Becoming Ourselves - memetics

Becoming Ourselves - memetics | arslog | Scoop.it

"Our biological limitations often make us feel uncomfortable with our own humanity but at the end of the day we are forced to admit that we are human. For some of us this may be easier than others. Despite how we may feel mentally we are biologically human and we might as well embrace it. We are seeking to transcend into something greater so we will have more potential as human beings. We are finally in a position where augmentations are becoming a reality.

With our brains being capable of so much It would be a shame to limit them to our current biology. We can start out with the basics like tattoos and piercings and remember how the first time we were modified we felt ourselves transforming. While some of us got tattoos and piercings for subcultural reasons there were those of us who got tattoos and piercings to look and feel like the people we truly were. I feel that this is what augmentations are all about and that we will continue to transform ourselves in the future to push our physical boundaries and become what we desire.

A few months ago I had an idea of opening up a biohacking salon in LA. The idea was to get a bunch of people who were pushing the thresholds the of human body together in the same room..."


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Luxembourg: Conrad Shawcross ‘The Nervous Systems (Inverted)’ at MUDAM through May 6, 2012

Luxembourg: Conrad Shawcross ‘The Nervous Systems (Inverted)’ at MUDAM through May 6, 2012 | arslog | Scoop.it

"One hundred and sixty two strings slowly wind down from suspended hexagonal structures in the Grand Hall of MUDAM Luxembourg, braiding into a colorful, ever-growing heap on the floor in The Nervous Systems (Inverted) by Conrad Shawcross. The sculpture will be on display and churning out rope though May 6, the latest of Shawcross’s rope machines that he has been creating since 2003, addressing scientific, mathematical, and philosophical concepts with both admiration and an inquisitive eye.

The vast hand-crafted oak mechanism is housed in a tower equipped with a viewing platform with spiraling staircases on either side evoking the shape of a double helix. From the top, hexagonal mobiles of spools unravel thread into coils that converge upon each other at multiple junctures ultimately joining at a focal point near ground level and braiding into a thick, multicolored rope that accumulates in a pile at the base of the structure.

The work is anachronistic; Shawcross draws inspiration from past scientific investigations and the properties of early industrial machines..." — A. Wilkinson

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Beyond the Surface: 15 Years of Desktop Aesthetics

Beyond the Surface: 15 Years of Desktop Aesthetics | arslog | Scoop.it

"A desktop is a changing record of visual decisions. It speaks to the aesthetics of a particular work-flow and personal space. A desktop exhibits a diagram of your organizational habits and a screenshot of it captures a brief moment of its functional evolution. The image of your desktop becomes an intimate self-portrait and the impulse to decode an unfamiliar desktop is unavoidable.

In January, Adam Cruces wrapped up his Desktop Views project. Cruces collected 51 images of artists’ desktops including a number of artists he worked with in his earlier projectSTATE.

Cruces framesDesktop Views with a quote from Alexei Shulgin’s legendary Desktop Isproject, created 15 years earlier in 1997, at the dawn of “net.art.” The quote, taken from the about page of Shulgin’s project, uses the title Desktop Is as an iterative I Ching-style manifesto about the desktop. Its final lines claim in paradox, “desktop is a question, desktop is the answer.” Cruces’s description of Desktop Views is more straightforward and less poetic. To him the desktop is “the (virtual) space that serves as the foundation of the working environment.” Cruces and Shulgin, however, channel the same curiosity. The two projects are echoes that present voyeuristic peeks into artists’ personal virtual working spaces on public websites..." - Jason Huff

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Communicating Bacteria Dress, bacterial social design

Communicating Bacteria Dress, bacterial social design | arslog | Scoop.it

"Communicating Bacteria is an installation inspired by biological research on the flow of communication between bacteria. It is the result of a collaboration between the artist Anna Domitriu, (for a long time engaged in research on microbiology and collaborative practices) the microbiologists Paul Simon and John Park, and the video artist Alex May. The communication within the bacterial colonies is critical for the survival of the species and it is realized through specific biochemical processes that occur both within the colonies themselves and externally. In the case of the Chromobacterium violaceum CV026 bacterium, for example, this exchange of information has a clearly visible consequence: in fact this bacterium is white in its inactive state, but turns purple when it receives a communication from peers. This specific phenomenon was the aesthetic start of the installation Communicating Bacteria: Chromobacterium violaceum colonies were used as a (living) dye for textiles..." - Chiara Ciociola

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